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Black-and-white Warbler / © Bryan Pfeiffer

Black-and-white Warbler / © Bryan Pfeiffer

IF YOU GO TO BIRDFEST in Montpelier on Saturday you’ll probably hear a bird say “Free Beer!”

You will most likely see a dinosaur going by the name Tyrannus.

And you will witness what Roger Tory Peterson once called “the most vivid expression of life.”

BirdFest, Montpelier’s celebration of birds, runs from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Saturday at the North Branch Nature Center.

At BirdFest, you’ll sip bird-friendly coffee, see hawks and owls up close (real close), and celebrate Bald Eagles here in Vermont.

Food, stuff for kids, nature walks, an art contest, even glowing animals that aren’t birds – it’s North Branch Nature Center at its finest, putting people in touch with nature in our own backyards and beyond. So go to BirdFest. Here are the details.

By the way, there won’t be any free beer – only Alder Flycatcher shouting that lie from beside the river. And your dinosaur is Eastern Kingbird, whose scientific name is Tyrannus tyrannus. (Remember, birds are dinosaurs; only non-avian dinosaurs went extinct.)

I myself need to be in the field chasing birds elsewhere on Saturday, so I might not make BirdFest this year (but I’ll try). 

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